If a new report from 9to5 Google proves correct, Google is preparing to end support for Google Voice in the not-too-distant future. For Google Voice fans, the good news is that most of Voice’s features will reportedly be integrated into the Hangouts app instead.
In short, Hangouts may soon be your one stop destination for just about all forms of communication including SMS messaging, Hangouts messaging, video calling and even possibly free VOIP phone calls using your Google phone number. While Google has yet to confirm or deny plans to integrate Voice into Hangouts, it certainly makes sense.
It’s obvious that Google is working to consolidate as many communicate services into Hangouts as possible. We’ve already seen Hangouts replace both Talk and Messenger, and more recently Hangouts even added SMS support. Perhaps Google Voice and even the traditional phone dialer could be next on the list? Of course, it’s hard to say how carriers would react to the idea of Google providing an easy way to make phone calls with nothing more than a data plan.
If Google really does plan to roll Google Voice into Hangouts, we wouldn’t be too surprised if such an announcement is made at this year’s Google I/O. In the meantime, we’d take the rumor with a grain of salt.
What do you think, would you like to see Google Voice completely merge with Hangouts?